Hugh Grant?s movie title is too long -- ''The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain'' confuses audiences and theaters alike

By Cindy Pearlman
Updated June 02, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

As if Four Weddings and a Funeral weren’t unwieldy enough, Brit heartthrob Hugh Grant plays a mapmaker in another movie-title mouthful: The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Impromptu exit polls in Orlando, Fla., and Chicago during the film’s opening weekend prove the label is leaving audiences tongue-tied. When asked what movie he’d just seen, one Floridian replied, ”The English Guy Who Did Something on a Mountain,” and another dubbed it ”That English Dude Film.” The 47-letter title is also a challenge for theater owners. ”It was a big problem,” says a manager of Chicagoland’s Yorktown theater. ”We tried the whole title, but it took up half our marquee. We wondered if we had enough letters.” (The theater went with The Englishman.)

Grant even thought the title was misleading, since he did little climbing. ”Actually, the real title should be The Englishman Who Went Up the Hill in a Land Rover and Came Down a Mountain in a Land Rover,” he says. Then again, one young Florida woman put the whole thing in perspective: ”Who cares what it’s called? It’s a Hugh Grant movie.”